Comfort Zone (Out of)


Let’s talk comfort zone.

My husband is a runner.  Me, not so much. Every year, our family runs a local 5K around Thanksgiving, a Turkey Trot. Long story short, I’ll be running with my daughter this year. At eleven years of age, she’s…well, she’s fast. Last year, I ran the 5K with her and it was fine; I can run a ten-minute mile without a problem. But, darn it, she got bigger and faster over the last year and it looks like she’ll be shaving a few minutes off her time. Which means I need to step up my game. I don’t love running, only do it halfheartedly in the interest of exercise. I’m not into speed and I’m not competitive (at least not in this realm).   But my sweet little girl went out on a run with my husband last weekend and he told me afterward how steady she was. How fast.

Uh oh.

And so this week I began running with new intent. I began pushing myself, just a little. Because I want to be able to run with my girl, and I’d like to do it without gasping for air or puking as I cross the finish line (okay, perhaps exaggerating that second part). So no more halfhearted. I’m All In. I’ve had three good runs this week. I feel motivated. I’m also aware that I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone.

Which is good. That’s often where the growth is.

I think it’s time to get a little uncomfortable creatively as well. I’ve felt quiet lately. Not exactly unmotivated to write or photograph. But quiet, and not doing much of either. I’ve been allowing this to be so, because sometimes stepping away from something brings clarity, brings space. But I’ve been stumbling upon telling passages in books and magazines; I’ve been listening closely to conversations I’m having with people. And some messages about stepping outside my creative comfort zone keep coming my way.

I’m not comfortable sharing these messages right now (let’s not get too carried away with this out-of-the-comfort-zone thing). But I will tell you that I’m listening and I might be close to stepping. I will tell you that I know what it is to feel vulnerable and unsure. I will tell you that I know what it is to feel simultaneously excited and scared shitless. And I wonder if you know this too. I bet you do.

Comfort zone. It’s so…comfortable. But a little stretching, a turn down a new path, a little more openness…it’s sometimes hard to initiate, but once we do…well, there’s no more complacency, there’s no more halfheartedness; there’s only All In.  Which is good.

Are you in?

Sending a little love your way, m

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9 thoughts on “Comfort Zone (Out of)

  1. I love comfort and will gravitate to it no matter what! my outside comfort zone is flying (FLYING!) to see my daughter. I hate flying but my love for her and to see her was greater. So yeah, I do step out once in a blue moon.

  2. I have been hearing the same voice inside of myself; get out of your comfort zone and push yourself a bit. I am just not sure how that should look yet!
    I always love your post! xoxox

  3. I am in. I’ve been working on pushing the comfort zone to very uncomfortable places for quite a while. I feel like I’ve even lost some friends along the way who aren’t comfortable seeing me grow and change. Still, it’s so worth it. My greatest challenge is the body stuff: working on it, accepting it, recognizing it’s fully one third of my well being and who I am on this earth. I have no idea where this is going to take me, but I am working on it and I love your gentle nudges to keep going. x

  4. Woot for running with your kids! So proud of you :) And thanks for the reminder about Gratitude Week! That’s how I found you last year…so I am certainly grateful and can’t wait for the week!

  5. To purposely step out of my comfort zone is scary and exciting and as long as I can calm my inner self that there’s no failing…just doing-then I can manage the rest :-)
    Good for you on stepping out!!!


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